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Farms and Farm Machinery Issue 365

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2 min
classy crawler

Claas has become the first manufacturer to release a forage harvester with factory-integrated crawler track. First revealed at last year’s Agritechnica expo, the new Claas Jaguar 960 Terra Trac has its manufacturer very excited. “Claas first released Terra Trac for use in combination with Lexion combine harvesters in 1996,” Claas Harvest Centre product manager Luke Wheeler says. “This technology has revolutionised grain harvesting by significantly reducing soil compaction, improving driving comfort and improving field access. “It is no exaggeration to say Jaguar with Terra Trac is set to redefine forage harvesting performance,” Wheeler adds. Available in 635, 735 and 890mm track widths, the Terra Trac system, when combined with the tyre pressure adjustment system on the rear axle, will allow for improved field access and reduce damage to croplands and headlands, says the company. The…

1 min
high-powered foraging

John Deere says the standard channel width self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH) it will launch in 2019 will meet market demand for more powerful harvesters with a sub-3m transport width. The new model, the 8600 SPFH, will top the company’s current range of standard crop channel SPFH models, which currently ranges from the 280kW 8100 to the 430kW 8500. “Due to producer demand for higher horsepower in standard cutterhead machines, the 8600 has been re-introduced as a standard cutterhead machine in the model year 2019 8000 Series SPFH lineup,” John Deere says. “Even fitted with large 2.15m 710/75R42 front tyres, all the 8000 Series models remain within the critical road transport width of 3m.” Previous models of the 8600 SPFH were wide cutterhead machines, before being replaced by the 9600 wide body SPFH earlier this…

1 min
cost-effective combine

Case IH has expanded its local harvester range, relaunching its 6130 Axial-Flow Combine for Australian producers. The company’s hay and harvest product manager for Australia and New Zealand Tim Slater says the combines will suit a range of applications in the local market, being known for their responsiveness and their power efficiency. “The 6130 lives up to these high standards, with no combine simpler to operate, or more efficient around the paddock, regardless of the crop, field condition, or farm size,” he says. “The 6130 is a lower specification, efficient, cost effective unit. It takes the heart and soul of the Axial-Flow with simplicity, crop adaptability, grain quality and grain savings being at the heart of the machine’s foundations. “These combines are ideal for operators looking to replace earlier model Axial-Flow combines or the…

1 min
seeds stopper

Designers of the Integrated Harrington Seed Destructor (iHSD) have redrawn the unit’s bearings and housing and incorporated a wider mill following feedback from grain growers. The iHSD, consisting of two hydraulically-driven cage mills retrofitted to combine harvesters, into the chaff stream just below the sieves, was launched in 2016 and upgraded last year to improve its cooling capacity and allow better feeding to mills. The new upgrades, developed by SKF Engineering and De Bruin Engineering, also include a relocation of the cooler in order to assist with the unit’s oil cooling. Distributor McIntosh Distribution led the grower consultation campaign, with agent Johnny Inferrera saying the changes are currently being rolled out to existing clients. “Even before these upgrades, we’ve maintained kill rates at up to 99 per cent and growers using the iHSD have…

2 min
cruise control

Automated Mercedes-Benz trucks are being used for the first time in the Brazilian sugar cane harvest. Brazilian agricultural technology manufacturer GrunnerTech and Mercedes-Benz Brazil have partnered to configure 18 Mercedes-Benz Axor 3131 trucks for automated use during sugar cane harvesting. The Axor comes equipped with all the technological components required for automated Level 2 driving. This means that the Axor automatically controls the speed and proximity as well as longitudinal and lateral guidance. Mercedes-Benz says that although the driver retains control of the truck at all times, hands do not have to be permanently on the steering wheel. Other features of the Axor include an additional front axle, extended tyre spacing, ‘high flotation’ tyres for agricultural use and antennas to receive satellite signals. Before work begins to harvest the crop, the harvest route is…

2 min
close control

A multi-function joystick, variable ratio steering and better hydraulic pump capability will be introduced to the 6R range of John Deere tractors in the new year. John Deere says the upgrades to the 6110R, 6120R, 6130R, 6145R, 6155R, 6175R, 6195R, 6215R, 6230R and 6250R models, all between 82 and 186 kilowatts, will improve their performance and make them easier to control. Chief among them is the introduction of the CommandPro joystick, which lets operators control a tractor’s speed and direction as well as implementing functions from the same lever. Configurable buttons enable operators to customise the control to best fit the job or operator’s preference, which then can be saved as profiles, such as “baling” or “mowing”. John Deere marketing manager Anne Anderson says the joystick, which has IVT transmission, will let the operator…